March 2013 News

March’s Urban Ex: ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride:

Join C.I.C.L.E. on Friday, March 8th andartnight1  roll through ArtNight Pasadena on two wheels! The evening involves free admission to Pasadena’s incredible museums and art exhibits, as well as access to delicious food trucks and performances.  C.I.C.L.E. will be making stops at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Shumei Arts Council and the Armory Center for the Arts. From “Tales of Tomorrow” to dynamic Makoto Taiko Drumming, you won’t want to miss a beat (or a pedal)!
The ride will be leisurely-paced, under 8 miles long, and will allow participants a break at each stop to tour the exhibits. The Armory Center for the Arts will be the last stop.

A team of trained Ride Leaders facilitates C.I.C.L.E.’s Urban Expedition rides. C.I.C.L.E.’s Ride Leaders provide a safe and enjoyable riding environment for beginning and experienced riders alike. See our Cycling at Night Safety Tip to prepare for the evening!

Where: Meet at Memorial Park Pasadena (Raymond Ave. & Holly Street). Memorial Park is a Metro Gold Line stop.

When: Friday, March 8th, 2013

Time: Meet at 6:00pm. Ride leaves promptly at 6:30pm.

What to bring: Bring your bicycle in good working order and plenty of night-lights. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

February’s Urban Ex: Wild, Wild West Chatsworth:

wildwest1 On Saturday, February 23rd, over 80 folks joined C.I.C.L.E. at the Chatsworth Metrolink Station dressed in cowboy boots and hats, ready to roll through Chatsworth for our Wild, Wild West ride! Councilmember Mitch Englander and CD12 started off the event with a warm welcome and then we took off down the historic olive tree lined streets of Chatsworth!

The ride made several stops. At the pioneer-era Homestead Acre and Chatsworth History Museum participants were welcomed by staff and enjoyed delicious homemade treats. The ride continued on to the ranch wildwest3where the 1950’s TV show “Mr. Ed” was filmed. We stood on the driveway where Mr. Ed’s father was buried and met a few farm animals after an introduction from the property owner. Next, we rode to the Munch Box, a roadside hamburger stand from the 1950s that is now a cultural historic landmark. Participants learned about and envisioned customers from the 1950s riding up on horses to order their hamburgers and fries. Finally, the ride continued on to Stoney Point Ranch where participants were provided with a presentation on horses and equestrian safety, all shared from atop a horse! The event encouraged riders to remember that cars are not the only option to move through our communities: we’ll always be able to use two wheels or four legs!

This community bike ride was in partnership with Los Angeles Councilmember Mitchell Englander, whose district includes the scenic Chatsworth area. The bike ride was the February “CD 12 Year of Healthy Living” activity, Councilmember Englander’s monthly series of community events and activities meant to offer families in the community a fun way to get healthy.

Thanks to everyone who made this happen, including CD 12, Alliance Beverage Partners, Western Bagel of Chatsworth, and REI Northridge, and of course, everyone who came out to ride! As always, thank you to all of our wonderful Ride Leaders who made this a fun and safe adventure, we can’t do it without you!

March Classes:

Learn to Ride:

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? ltr2This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. RSVP to to register. Space is limited.

Saturday, March 16th: 9am-11am at Eagle Rock Plaza

Saturday, March 16th: 11:30am-1:30pm at Eagle Rock Plaza


LIFESTYLE TIP of the Month: A marriage of bikes and transit! How to take your bike on the bus and train

metroUsing your bike to move through the city is an easy, healthy and low-cost option. Sometimes those trips get a little long and that’s when transit swoops in for the rescue! Or, if you already take transit and aren’t quite close enough to a station, and that last mile could be expedited, having your bike with you will make catching the bus or getting home from the station a wiz! Combining Metro use and bike use is getting even easier. Here are few tips to smoothly take your bike on the Metro buses:

Up front and secure on the bus!

Although potentially intimidating at first, using the bike racks on the fronts of buses will change your world! Here are some easy steps to safely secure your bike:

1. Approach the bus once it has stopped. Squeeze the handle at the top of the rack to release and lower it.

2. Lift up your bike so your tires align with the empty slots. If there are two empty slots, make it easier on the next rider and place your bike in the back.

3. Use the support arm to secure the front tire by raising it up (it extends!) and placing it over the front tire.

4. Take your helmet (and lights!) with you so nothing is dangling around.

5. Then you’re set to jump on board!

6. Staying in the front of the bus allows you to keep an eye on your bike. When you arrive at your stop, it is helpful to let the driver know that you’ll be taking the bike down (a little wave or point towards the rack) as your exit through the FRONT door.

7.  To unload your bike, lift the support arm off of your tire and lay it back down gently.

8. Lift your bike out of the rack (up and over another bike if it’s in the back slot).

9. If the rack is now empty, close it up by squeezing the handle and pushing it up so it not longer protrudes from the bus.

10. Voila!

For more info visit Metro’s bikes and transit webpage.


Dan Sharp, an integral part of C.I.C.L.E. forOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the past six years, has stepped down from his role on the Operating Committee.  We are truly grateful for all of the hard work, insight and energy that he has invested in C.I.C.L.E. over the years.

Dan has ushered C.I.C.L.E. through transitional periods, been a core volunteer during events and rides, and built our awesome sound systems! His commitment to community building, alternative transportation and family is an inspiration and a benefit to us all.  Thanks Dan, for everything you have contributed to C.I.C.L.E.!

The next time you see Dan zipping through a ride, ushering our group, please ring your bike bell in gratitude.


Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

C.I.C.L.E.’s ArtNight Pasadena Bicycle Ride
Friday, March 8th at 6pm
Join C.I.C.L.E. for our bi-annual ArtNight Bicycle Ride! We will lead bicyclists on a route to visit Pasadena’s most exciting art exhibits and museums during Pasadena’s FREE ArtNight.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride Class (for adults)
March 16th, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 11:30 – 1:30pm
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

Meals on Two Wheels!
Thursday, March 21st at 10am at Meals on Wheels West in Santa Monica
Meals on Wheels West, C.I.C.L.E., Sustainable Streets, and Santa Monica Spoke invite bicycle enthusiasts to deliver Meals on Two Wheels on Thursday March 21st! This fuel-free event will highlight Santa Monica’s growing bicycle network while supporting Meals on Wheels’ services to reduce hunger and isolation in the community.  To volunteer to deliver meals and for more information email: or call 310-394-5133 x6

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class
April 7th, 2013 11:00 AM & 1:00pm
Pasadena, CA (Caltech)

Earth and Arts Festival: C.I.C.L.E.’s Street Art Bicycle Ride
Saturday, April 20th at 10am
Join C.I.C.L.E. for Pasadena’s Earth and Arts Festival and explore the community’s eclectic street art! The ride will make stops to visit and learn about exciting pieces of art throughout the city.

CicLAvia: Downtown to the Sea!
Sunday, April 21st at 10am
On Sunday, April 21st, CicLAvia returns with a new extended route down Venice Blvd., extending from Downtown LA to the sea! 10am-3pm.

LET YOUR VOICE ROLL! Act, Move, Participate:

Petition the Governor
Governor Brown’s 2013-2014 budget proposal poses some challenges for bicycling. Ensure that bicycling has sufficient funding in the future! Read more and consider signing the petition at